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1995 Stories by P.b. Miller

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  • Cheap and functional

    published December 28, 1995

    Like a remorseless killer in a grade-Z slasher flick, The Fantasticks keeps coming back. You can strafe it, bomb it, drive it over the edge of a... More >>

  • Ho, ho, ho

    published December 21, 1995

    If playwrights and producers would only subscribe to the "Journal of the American Medical Association," they wouldn't have to waste so much time... More >>

  • Rug rats' guide to Christmas theater

    published December 14, 1995

    What, the Dickens again at the Dallas Theater Center? You bet your suet pudding. This is DTC's 12th annual production of Dickens' A... More >>

  • Deal with the devil

    published November 23, 1995

    Goethe is one of those heavyweight writers (mostly Russian or German) who everyone admires but who no one reads. In fact, in these post-literate... More >>

  • Fouled out

    published November 16, 1995

    With Ohio Tip-Off, the Dallas Theater Center takes aim at the merry dance of dreams and commerce that is professional sports. ... More >>

  • Class act

    published November 9, 1995

    "Back in the old days," Chuck Carson, MC of the first annual Leon Rabin Awards was saying to a well-coiffed crowd, "Dallasites used to show their... More >>

  • Death angel

    published November 2, 1995

    There are as many ways of looking at death as there are ways to die, and eventually we all have to pick the way that suits us best. Spanish... More >>

  • Sea of sap

    published October 26, 1995

    Katharine Hepburn took a lot of razzing for repeatedly rasping "The loons! The loons!" in the movie version of On Golden Pond. Insouciant young... More >>

  • Cost of living

    published October 19, 1995

    "All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Tolstoy's famous opening lines to Anna Karenina lifted the... More >>

  • Three-ring theater

    published October 12, 1995

    You never know what you're going to get when you go on an anti-communist tirade. Take The Invisible Circus. It never would have come into... More >>

  • Winnie the wimp

    published October 5, 1995

    Where would children's literature be without the Brits? Fairy tales and other traditional stories aside, it's British writers, most of them... More >>

  • For arts sake

    published September 28, 1995

    This production poses for the umpteenth time the hoary philosophical question, "If a tree falls in the woods, and no one hears it, does it make a... More >>

  • The plague years

    published September 21, 1995

    Rosanne Rosanna Danna was right. It's always something. Take paranoia. Just when we've learned to stop worrying about the Bomb, the Bug... More >>

  • That old rotter

    published September 14, 1995

    If there's one thing audiences won't put up with these days, it's exposition. Like a horny teenager, they want to cut right to the chase. ... More >>

  • Half there

    published September 7, 1995

    There are soreheads among us who claim to dislike musicals as a dramatic form because they lack verisimilitude. Orchestral music doesn't well up... More >>

  • Golden years

    published August 31, 1995

    Right-thinking people--and Woody Allen agrees with me on this--would much rather live in the 1930s than endure our current decade, if somehow they... More >>

  • 11th Street one-acts

    published August 24, 1995

    David Mamet and John Patrick Shanley belong to a select group--playwrights who have had their work interpreted by chick singers with only one name... More >>

  • Welcome Home

    published August 17, 1995

    What happened to Stephen Wade should happen to everyone. The young Chicagoan was having a perfectly average early '60s American childhood... More >>

  • Out of ashes

    published August 10, 1995

    Imagine for a moment that the good citizens of Austin have Dallas surrounded and are lobbing mortar shells into the streets, gang-raping women,... More >>

  • This charming man

    published July 27, 1995

    Editor's note: Beginning this week, P.B. Miller, a longtime Dallas Observer contributor, takes over our regular Stage column. Nora FitzGerald, our... More >>

  • Thug life

    published May 25, 1995

    Though Anthony Burgess deplored what he saw as modern society's mechanization of men's souls, he was a bit of a machine himself. During his... More >>

  • Weird beards

    published April 6, 1995

    Russian writers get a bad rap. Far from being suicide and samovar-obsessed weird-beards, they are actually rather jolly fellows. ... More >>

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